Impoverished D.C. youth more likely to combat asthma

Recent reports show that more than one in five children in D.C. has asthma, particularly in the poorest areas of the city. In the District, children from low income areas were 10 times more likely to require emergency care due to untreated asthma compared with children in higher income areas. (WAMU, 5/27)

Some reasons asthma is managed poorly are tied to poverty. For example, low income children are more likely to live in apartments with carpet mold that can trigger asthma, parents often can’t take time off for doctor’s appointments and caregivers sometimes don’t understand medicine instructions.

– A study by the University of Virginia reveals that in 2011, 13 percent of children in Virginia lived in poverty, and 18-and-a-half percent lived in near-poverty. Nearly half of those children belonged to households with married parents, calling attention to the need for expansion of anti-poverty programs typically reserved for single-parent households. (WAMU, 5/26)

 Problems Cause Benefit Delays, Denials for Low-Income D.C Residents (WAMU, 5/25)

– Amid concerns of instability and a high turnover rate, the D.C. school system will lose at least eight veteran principals next school year. (WaPo, 5/22)

Opinion:  Speaking of veteran principals who will be stepping down, actress Kerry Washington offers a glimpse at how one of those principals, at Savoy Elementary, successfully used the arts to turn around what was once one of the lowest-performing schools in D.C. (HP, 5/20)

Related: Savoy Elementary is part of the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities’ (PCAH) Turnaround Arts program. PCAH’s executive director Rachel Goslins is rounding out our Brightest Minds series in September. More information here.

– A great breakdown of the impact of local housing on the local economy. (Rooflines, 5/14)

 Lack of Affordable Housing Puts the Squeeze on Poor Families (NPR, 5/27)

PHILANTHROPY │ The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society is calling for applications from young community foundation professionals for the 2014 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program and U.S. Diversity Fellowship. Applications are due June 13, 2014.

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